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The Compound Where Its Never Slow

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The Compound Where Its Never Slow Photograph by Mark Watanabe

Last Thursday I got a txt from CoachJoe asking if I wanted to fish the infamous Fish Compound that Saturday. It had been raining all week and was in the mid 30’s, not the best weather to be out in your kayak fishing, but when your asked if you want to fish the Compound you just ask “what time are we meeting up”.

For those of you who haven’t heard Adam, Joe or I talk about the Fish Compound later being shortened to just the Compound, it’s a privately Ray Scott designed bass lake. An average day on the Compound is 30-40 Bass per angler.

Joe, Adam, Sam and I all got to the lake around 8:30; there were no clouds in the sky and absolutely no wind. I looked over to Sam and said; man it’s going to be a good day.

the compound fishing off the dock

After getting the kayaks unloaded Joe and Adam immediately started fishing off the dock. A typical day we’ll all pick up 4 or 5 fish before we even get the kayaks into the water… Not today, I saw Adam and Joe not having any luck from the dock so I got straight into the Diablo and started fishing.

Joe and Adam were both throwing lipless crakbaits from the dock so I started with a Strike King Swim jig. No one had a bottom machine so we didn’t know the exact water temperature, but it was freakin and the clouds stated to roll in. After working the swim jig for about 15 min’s with no hits, I switched to a wacky rigged YUM Dinger, nothing…

At this point everyone had been on the water for almost a half hour without a bite and the wind started to pick up. I threw several other lures without success, and finally switched to a purple Zoom magnum trick worm on a weedless shaky head.

Zoom Magnum Trick Worm Closeup

I’d cast the trick worm into areas of deep cover about 10-15 ft. without luck. One of my casts I left still for about 2 min’s while I went through my crate to see what else I could tie on. I didn’t even know I had a bass until I started to reel the bait in, no hit no run it’s like he just sucked it up and didn’t move.

14 inch large mouth bass caught kayak fishing

The fish wasn’t huge only 14in but that didn’t matter; I broke the ice and knew no matter what else I evaded the skunk.

Realizing how slow I needed to work that bait was painful. Cast out and let it sit for almost a minute before I even give the bait a little shake. The tactic paid off with a second bass; about the same size 5 min’s later.

Magnum Trick Worm Largemouth Bass

Adam quickly switched over to a shaky head and I handed him a few of the purple Zoom magnum trick worms. A few min’s later Adam broke the skunk as well catching his bass with a painfully slow presentation.

Adams Bass

Biggest fish of the day was 20 inches, which was a ton of fun on my light whippy crappie rod.

20 inch Largemouth Bass caught from a yak

It wasn’t an epic day by any means between 4 of us we managed 6 fish, but I learned a few things. There is no such thing as too slow of a presentation when the water temperature is down, and read Paddletruckers articles. I sure am glad I ran out and bought several packs of Zoom magnum trick worms few days after reading his “Loosing Count While Kayak Fishing” article; every fish was caught on one.

I hope the above fishing report made sense, I'm on my third cup of TheraFlu, and feeling a little foggy... 


About the Author: Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com and the Founder of YakSushi Media. He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of two little "Sushi's" and everyday tech ninja.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# coachjoe 2011-12-09 10:49
Very nice report... I should have switched sooner and I definitely need to learn to slow it down in cold water.
# YakSushi 2011-12-09 12:25
Yeah my fishing A.D.D was definitely trying to take over... It's tough being that patient while working a lure.
# Pam 2011-12-09 18:47
You're so right about slow in cold weather. It's really hard on a soul when you're used to cranking it or bottom bouncing. Good writeup.
# paddletrucker 2011-12-19 13:37
Glad y'all got some fish. For some reason, I enjoy the super slow presentations. This is the first year I've used that Magnum Trick Worm, but it sure had been a good one, so far. I found out yesterday, after not being out for a while, that if you swim it weightless, it has a slight swim bait action. I discovered it too late to try it, but I will the next time.
# YakSushi 2011-12-20 08:31
Cool, next time I'm on the water I'll be sure to try that as well.

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